Logan and Scenic Rim pharmacies and general practices have seen scores of people walking through their doors to get a free flu shot.
Earlier this week, the Queensland Government said that locals would be offered a free flu vaccination as the state faces a severe outbreak of Influenza A.
It comes as issues related to absenteeism, interruptions to supply chains and health services will be exacerbated by the outbreak.
Pharmacies and general practices were reportedly not notified of the announcement, with several caught off guard by the sudden demand for flu vaccines.
Logan Central Chempro Chemist Pharmacy owner Ash Patel says he has seen a steady stream of people walk through the door to get their shot.
“On average, we are getting about 10 to 20 people a day wanting to get their flu shot, but it’s only just started.
“People are coming here and asking for it, which is good.”
Mr Patel says it is important to get a flu shot this year.
While COVID-19 measures had reduced flu cases to almost nil since 2020, more than 4,000 cases have already been reported in 2022.
Cases in Queensland are doubling every week increasing from 1,848 to 4,282 in the past week.